Five new incoming students and two existing Heritage students stood out from a pool of many to receive the first Heritage Soar full-tuition scholarships. The incoming students were selected based on the strength of their high school grades, SAT or ACT scores, a personal statement, a letter of recommendation and a personal interview with a faculty member from the university. One scholarship was awarded in each of five categories: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); humanities; education; business; and nursing. The recipients of these scholarships are:
Jessica Alvarez, Wapato High School, STEM;
Elizabeth Bahe, Eisenhower High School, humanities;
Nereyda Barajas, Sunnyside High School, education;
Teanna Bentley, East Valley High School, business;
Jonathan Peralta, Eisenhower High School, nursing.
Two additional merit scholarships were awarded to current Heritage University students. The awards were also based on their academic successes. The two are:
Mireya Cruz, a freshman majoring in Biomedical Science, and Lindsey Keesling, a junior majoring in English.
The recipients were chosen from a pool of finalists that came from more than one hundred applicants. Harold Wingood, associate vice president for enrollment management, said the selection committee had a tough time narrowing down the winners to seven.
“It was such a daunting task to select the winners. We received high-caliber applications from so many of the students; we wish we could award a scholarship to each and every one of them,” he said.